Help me give my students games and puzzles to improve their critical thinking and spatial skills.
My school is a Title I school located in Southern California with a large under-represented student population. Many will be the first in their family to graduate from high school. There is also a large foster student population who are trying to keep their lives in order and achieve academic and personal success.
My students need to build their critical thinking skills!
Since they come from low income families there hasn’t been the opportunity to play games that build these skills. Typically my students watch their younger siblings or work to help pay bills. Playing STEM games hasn’t been part of their life and I want to change that!
Critical thinking skills and spatial recognition are important for students to have. I have chosen items that address these skills. Recently, I gave my students materials for conductivity tests. They loved the hands on work but some asked how do you do it. To which I replied “figure it out, that’s how you learn”!
My students need to be able to think for themselves without relying on digital technology or computers to help them.
I once had a student use a calculator to multiply a number by one! I asked the student to put the calculator away and not rely on technology that prevents students from thinking for themselves.
I feel that technology has been a double edge sword for our students. If students don’t know how things work they are at a disability for understanding how can they create and build on existing technology. Therefore, I have chosen to purchase 10 geometric shape puzzles (Tetris) that have various colors in the puzzle, six 3 dimensional cubes (Tetris 3D brain teasers), 5 Blokus strategy games, 5 kanoodle (brain twisting strategy game) and 3 Jenga towers. I feel that these will force students to think about spatial relationships and in the case of jenga, balancing forces to add to the students’ engineering skills. With the exception of Jenga and Blokus, these are single player games which forces the student to think for them self.
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|MasterPieces Tetris Brainteaser Cube 3D Puzzle, 16-Piece • Amazon Business||$14.99||6||$89.94|
|USATDD Wooden Tetris Puzzle Tangram Jigsaw Brain Teasers Toy Building Blocks Game Colorful Wood Puzzles Box Intelligence Educational Gift For Kids 40 Pcs • Amazon Business||$8.09||10||$80.90|
|Blokus Strategy Game • Amazon Business||$12.97||5||$64.85|
|Educational Insights Kanoodle - Brain Twisting Solitaire Game • Amazon Business||$6.99||5||$34.95|
|Jenga Classic Game • Amazon Business||$8.77||3||$26.31|
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